Physician Assistant Studies

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at Christian Brothers University trains physician assistants (PAs) to better serve patients in the community, region, state, and nation with an emphasis on evidence-based primary care and preventive medicine.
Program Type: MSPAS

We’ve partnered with nationally-renowned medical facilities to offer exceptional clinical experiences during both phases of the program, with an orthopedic thread. The program promotes interdisciplinary team care, patient advocacy, and the delivery of primary health care for all patients.

Your training will provide you with the knowledge and experience to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment as a general practitioner. After graduation, you must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and apply for state medical licensure to work with a supervising physician or surgeon.

Why Become a Physician Assistant?

Physician assistants enjoy a great work-life balance and a high level of job satisfaction. PAs perform services the supervising physician might provide, and can work with a relatively high degree of autonomy. Also, PAs are the only medical care provider who can change their area of practice from one medical specialty to another without additional formal training or certification.

Career & Salary Outlook

The PA profession is seeing tremendous growth. U.S. News & World Report ranked physician assistant (PA) as the 3rd best job overall and the 2nd best healthcare job in 2020. Salaries have been rising with demand – the median PA salary has gone from $104,131 in 2016 to $115,000 in 2018, according to the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) 2018 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants Annual Report.

PA Program Structure

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program is based on active-learning, student engagement, and an integrative approach.

  • Coursework: 15 months
  • Clinical rotations: 14 months
View Physician Assistant Studies Course Requirements

Application Information

Applications are accepted between April 30 and October 1 each year for cohorts who begin the program in January of the following year. Applications are only accepted through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) portal. We encourage all interested applicants to visit the CASPA website for additional details.

Read more about CBU’s PA Program Admissions

Questions? Interested in Learning More?

We encourage you to visit the Physician Assistant Studies Department page to learn more about our Curriculum, Core Competencies, Program Goals, Academic Policies, Estimated Costs, NCCPA Certifying Exam Results, and how we partner with Preceptors in support of our students.

Physician Assistant Studies Department

Contact the CBU PA Program

Phone:(901) 321-3388
Mailing Address: Physician Assistant Studies, Christian Brothers University • 650 East Parkway South • Memphis, TN 38104 

KAREN CHAFFIN, Administrative Assistant: • (901) 321-3388
DR. GARY TOOLEY, Director: • (901) 321-4122

Meet the Faculty & Staff

Click on each faculty/staff member’s name for contact information and educational/biographical info.

Additional Faculty & Staff

  • DAVID ARCHER, Adjunct Faculty
    BS, Purdue University; MBA, MPH, Columbia University 
  • JOSE J. CARRION, PA-C, Adjunct Faculty
    BS, Jacksonville University; MSPAS, Christian Brothers University
  • JOHN J. DAVIS, PA-C, Adjunct Faculty
    BA, The University of Memphis
  • DR. BRENDA HARDY, Clinical Adjunct Professor
    BS, Howard University; MD, University of Tennessee
  • DR. HENRY HERROD, Adjunct Faculty
    BA, Princeton University; MS & MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • DR. LEIGH M. JOHNSON, Adjunct Faculty 
    BA, University of Memphis; MA, Villanova University; PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
  • DR. LAWRENCE LeBLOND, Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor
    BS, Christian Brothers University; MD, St. George’s University, Grenada
  • DR. LEWIS LOSKOVITZ, Adjunct Faculty
    BS, MD, University of Tennessee
  • DR. JEFF SABLE, Adjunct Faculty
    BA, Drury College; MS, Kansas State University; PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • DR. SREENATH SHANKER, PA-C, Adjunct Faculty
    BS, MS, PhD, Delhi University, India; MSPAS, Christian Brothers University
  • DR. SANDRA THOMPSON-JAEGER, Adjunct Faculty 
    BS, Ouachita Baptist University; MS, PhD, University of Munich, Germany